Ya’ani – Mahmoud’s Favourite Word

My name is Mahmoud Allouch. I’m from Toronto but originally from Syria. My favourite Arabic word is ‘Ya’ani’. The literal translation of it is: ‘meaning’ but i like the word because it is used in many contexts. It can be used for humour purposes. It can be used in speech, when you’re not able to explain what you’re looking for and are asking for help from the other end from the person you’re speaking with to help you out of the meaning.


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